A Gift of Dharma for 10.21.09
by Danny Fisher
Today’s gift comes to us from the Vidyādhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939-1987).
The eleventh Trungpa tülku, Rinpoche founded Samye Ling, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the Western world; the organization that became Shambhala International; several major retreat centers, including Karmê Chöling, Shambhala Mountain Center, and Gampo Abbey; the publication that became Shambhala Sun; and Naropa University.
Widely regarded as one of the most important and controversial figures in the development of Buddhism in North America in the twentieth century, his many books include such classics as Born in Tibet, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation, Dharma Art, Mudra, Glimpses of Abhidharma, Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness, and–of course–Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior.
An acknowledged tertön, the terma he discovered includes the Sadhana of Mahamudra.
Here’s the quote–excerpted from a Maha Ati text translated by Trungpa Rinpoche:
Since all things are naked, clear, and free from obscurations, there is nothing to attain or realise. The everyday practice is simply to develop a complete acceptance and openness to all situations and emotions. And to all people – experiencing everything totally without reservations and blockages, so that one never withdraws or centralises onto oneself.